Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership

Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session
Study Format: Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type



12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Elevate your leadership potential and empower indigenous communities with our Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership. Designed for professionals immersed in the rich tapestry of Māori culture and dedicated to driving positive change within indigenous communities, this program offers an immersive journey into the realms of leadership, governance, and indigenous development.

Whether you’re currently engaged in an Iwi, Māori organization, or another entity serving Māori communities, or simply passionate about advancing indigenous aspirations, this certificate equips you with the tools and insights needed to navigate the complexities of contemporary indigenous leadership.


Crafted in response to the growing demand for skilled leaders within the Māori sector, the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership provides a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of indigenous models of development in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

Delivered through a culturally appropriate blended learning model, our program fosters an inclusive and supportive learning environment, where students are embraced as part of our whānau. At Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of indigenous leaders, grounded in values of accessibility, support, and engagement with research kaupapa that drive Māori development and knowledge forward.

Admission Requirements

  • at least three years professional experience in the Māori sector; and
  • either have a bachelor’s degree with a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level majoring courses; or
  • been approved by the Head of School.
  • CAE or CPE: Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • IELTS Academic: An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
  • NZCEL: Level 5
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening
  • TIRA430 Māori Leadership
  • TIRA431 Comparative Indigenous Models and Theories of Development
  • Domestic — $4,092
  • International — $15,450

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of our Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership emerge as catalysts for positive change, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and cultural competency to lead with integrity and empathy. Whether shaping policies that empower indigenous communities, championing indigenous rights on a global stage, or driving economic development initiatives within the growing Māori economy, our alumni are at the forefront of indigenous leadership, making meaningful contributions to society and advancing the collective aspirations of indigenous peoples worldwide.

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